Brock Jones

Brock Jones received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wyoming and is currently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. Over the last decade, he's served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan for the US Army. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Ninth Letter Online, Lunch Ticket, Sugar House Review, and other journals. He currently lives in Utah with his wife and daughter.

Tabasco by Robert Cadena

Poetry: Issue #6

Waffle House, West Fillmore, April 2006

by Brock Jones

He says it’s his turn to pay

so I wait by the door

on the far side of a mid-morning

crowd of diners waiting for seats.

Music trickles from ceiling speakers

barely heard over voices and coffee spoons.

A bald cook taps the grill with a spatula

and wipes his neck.

A couple holds hands

across a table.

Markose, who kills himself in four months,

passes bills over a counter…Read more